PITA--changing the tranni fluid on a 97 4x4 S-10 PU

Would have been a lot easier if the designer modified the shift cable hold-down bracket and bolt to get a 1/4 drive socket around it. Good thing the neighbors weren't home this afternoon.
Lots of choice words issuing from under the truck.
Drained the fluid, added a fresh gallon, drove it a bit, then dropped the pan, cleaned up the black crud, changed the filter, added another gallon or so.....the fluid still stinks and looks like mud.
It's not mine so I have no idea of it's history.....82K on it
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Ken wrote:

I just drop the pan, drain the fluid, then install a pan with a drain.
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Steve W.

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The pan had some kinda drain hole arrangement welded onto it at some point in the past, but still wouldn't drain it completely
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